Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery

Our surgeons offer the full range of minimally invasive procedures available today and are recognized as leaders in this field. Since 2000, we have performed over 1400 minimally invasive cardiac operations. Thanks to our pioneering surgeons, many procedures that were traditionally accomplished with large chest incisions can now be performed with minimally invasive techniques. Special surgical instruments, including high-tech cameras, are inserted through tiny incisions, and we use a variety of minimally incisions, depending on the specific disease process and patient anatomy. Patients who qualify for one of these options typically have faster recovery, reduced risk of infection, and a better cosmetic outcome.

Our surgeons and scientists have invented several new devices and techniques, including new tools that allow for a minimally invasive repair of the mitral valve as well as the aortic root, reducing the need for open surgery. Because of these and other innovations pioneered at our center, our surgeons run one of the premier training centers for minimally invasive surgery in the U.S. today.

Robotic Cardiac Surgery

NYP/Columbia was the site of several historic robotic operations, including the very first closed-chest cardiac operations ever performed in the United States for treatment of coronary artery disease and atrial septal defect, and our surgeons have led clinical trials that resulted in the approval of robotics for many of these procedures. Our surgeons have also used a robotic approach for mitral valve repair, removal of cardiac tumors, and the correction of abnormal heart rhythms.

Percutaneous Cardiac Procedures

Percutaneous – also know as interventional - procedures are performed using very small incisions. A specially trained cardiologist, known as an interventionalist, inserts a tiny tube called a catheter into a vein or artery in the leg or arm, threading it into the heart to the site of the problem. Once these instruments are in place, the interventionalist can open blocked vessels, install stents to prevent new blockages, control cardiac arrhythmias, close heart defects, and even repair or replace damaged heart valves.

We are pleased to offer this alternative therapy in collaboration with our world-renowned colleagues at the NYP Center for Interventional Vascular Therapies. Several of our cardiac surgeons are also trained in interventional techniques, allowing us to perform hybrid procedures - mixing traditional and interventional approaches, according to each patient’s needs.